Author Topic: Little Eye On The Provinces  (Read 125403 times)

Kim

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1800 on: November 22, 2018, 11:05:50 pm »
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1802 on: November 25, 2018, 08:20:28 pm »
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Jaded

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1803 on: November 26, 2018, 09:15:27 pm »
The first thing I thought when I saw that image was “that’s Bradley Stoke”. That was before reading any of the text.
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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1804 on: November 27, 2018, 03:46:32 pm »
The Galactic Empire took over Bradley Stoke in the 1990s recession, when the houses were cheap. 
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Torslanda

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1805 on: November 29, 2018, 07:44:45 pm »
Human remains recovered from River irwell. Police say no suspicious circumstances.

We may have achieved a new nadir in police indifference.
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Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Guy

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1806 on: November 30, 2018, 09:16:50 am »
Local journalism at it's best:

Anybody reading this article in the Welwyn and Hatfield Times would be forgiven for thinking it's now illegal to ride mountain bikes in Welwyn Garden City..

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Boy fined for riding off-road bike in Welwyn Garden City

https://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/off-road ... -1-5799187


At no point in the article does it mention the offernder was riding a *motor*bike. Riding an off-road bike without L Plates or insurance is perfectly legal. Riding an off-road motorbike on the other hand...   ::-)

Some people might accuse me of being pedantic, but this to me is a good example of shite reporting.
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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1807 on: November 30, 2018, 01:30:13 pm »
Human remains recovered from River irwell. Police say no suspicious circumstances.

We may have achieved a new nadir in police indifference.

Followed by one in the journalist's use of English in the subtitle.  ".....who it belonged to?"  What's wrong with "...to whom it belonged"?

The country's gone to the dogs...….

Kim

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1808 on: November 30, 2018, 01:31:56 pm »
Local journalism at it's best:

Anybody reading this article in the Welwyn and Hatfield Times would be forgiven for thinking it's now illegal to ride mountain bikes in Welwyn Garden City..

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Boy fined for riding off-road bike in Welwyn Garden City

https://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/off-road ... -1-5799187


At no point in the article does it mention the offernder was riding a *motor*bike. Riding an off-road bike without L Plates or insurance is perfectly legal. Riding an off-road motorbike on the other hand...   ::-)

Some people might accuse me of being pedantic, but this to me is a good example of shite reporting.

That one seems to come from the police, for whom the meaning is presumably obvious from context.  I've seen police forces tweeting about "off-road bikes" without clarifying that they mean motorcycles on several occasions.  They're probably the same people who'd describe pedal cycles as "pushbikes".
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ian

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1809 on: November 30, 2018, 01:42:14 pm »
As a non-professional cyclist, I'd assume 'off-road bike' to be the motorised version. If they meant a cycle, they'd say 'mountain bike.' I doubt, for once, that I'm unusual in this assumption.
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Kim

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1810 on: November 30, 2018, 01:48:30 pm »
As a non-professional cyclist, I'd assume 'off-road bike' to be the motorised version. If they meant a cycle, they'd say 'mountain bike.' I doubt, for once, that I'm unusual in this assumption.

As a cyclist I'd use "mountain bike" for a pedal bicycle designed for off-road riding (unless I was being particularly technical), and I'd only ever talk about pushbikes in the context of the Birmingham cycling campaign group, but I wouldn't assume a non-cyclist would get the terminology correct.

Similarly, if you say 'scooter' I'd likely think of a skateboard with steering, of the type popular with teenagers of all ages.  But a motorcyclist or police officer might think of a class of motorcycle.

I've also learned to say 'bicycle' rather than 'bike' around QUILTBAG women, lest they apply the wrong set of stereotypes.

It's all about context.  And news headlines are notoriously (and often deliberately) bad at that.
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Torslanda

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VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Kim

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To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1813 on: December 18, 2018, 03:45:23 pm »
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1814 on: December 18, 2018, 04:52:39 pm »
Council struggles with name for new authority...

https://www.mix96.co.uk/news/local/2764051/name-decided-for-bucks-new-council/


Worth a read.

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For example, I am very pleased to see my colleagues in the districts have accepted the name of the council will be Buckinghamshire Council, as opposed to Council McCouncilface.

 :)

Giraffe

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1815 on: December 19, 2018, 08:49:02 am »
Bucks can't have Brokenshire, as one comment suggested - that has to be reserved for Northants!
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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1816 on: December 21, 2018, 11:14:04 am »
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17309084.three-peaks-hikers-urged-to-stop-blasting-out-queens-we-are-the-champions-at-11pm/?fbclid=IwAR3NBTCEgAkJOpFRSMxZnkoQs3kKVIvRELOjGo5POOhpNLP9g2gxoLbinVs

Mr Welch said a section of the village suffered from noise because hikers began celebrating when the pub at the end of the walk was in sight. He said: “They’ll have the ghettoblaster on at 11 o’clock at night playing We Are The Champions and various songs that seem crop up with a 12-hour walk on the peaks.”
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No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles

Kim

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1817 on: December 21, 2018, 11:21:52 am »
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17309084.three-peaks-hikers-urged-to-stop-blasting-out-queens-we-are-the-champions-at-11pm/?fbclid=IwAR3NBTCEgAkJOpFRSMxZnkoQs3kKVIvRELOjGo5POOhpNLP9g2gxoLbinVs

Mr Welch said a section of the village suffered from noise because hikers began celebrating when the pub at the end of the walk was in sight. He said: “They’ll have the ghettoblaster on at 11 o’clock at night playing We Are The Champions and various songs that seem crop up with a 12-hour walk on the peaks.”

I presume that's "mobile phone" values of "ghettoblaster", something which hasn't been seen in the wild since about 1992.

Seems to me that this would be best dealt with by means of an informal agreement for the pub not to serve people who disturb the residents.
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mattc

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1818 on: December 21, 2018, 11:26:19 am »
I'd be much more impressed by walkers doing the 3Peaks in 12hours each carrying a proper 80s ghettoblaster.

(I won't insist that they carry enough batteries for 12hours.)
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No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles

Kim

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1819 on: December 21, 2018, 11:28:00 am »
I'd be much more impressed by walkers doing the 3Peaks in 12hours each carrying a proper 80s ghettoblaster.

That should totally be a thing.  The final leg to the pub being completed in mildly sarcastic silence.  Proper leaky D-cells too.  Anyone caught sneaking lithium will be disqualified.
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Kim

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1820 on: December 24, 2018, 06:14:57 pm »
Pictures of Hull in chaos as last-minute shoppers cause Christmas nightmare

For the benefit of visually impaired readers, the article contains several photographs of car parks with cars in them, and of BRITONS queueueueing[1].  Truly a Christmas nightmare.



[1] Brits failing to queue properly is surely a sign of the apocalypse...
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ian

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1821 on: December 24, 2018, 06:37:25 pm »
'Trolleys left unattended.'

I am not ashamed to say that I cried.
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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1822 on: December 26, 2018, 02:38:17 pm »
And elsewhere people are asking if retail is dead!

Basil

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1823 on: December 27, 2018, 11:18:12 pm »
Super.  ;D
Our (not very) supermarket was ram raided on Christmas night.  They took 4 bottles of whiskey.
That's it.  4 bottles of whiskey.
Surely you're supposed to empty the stock room of all the large boxes of spirits and fags?
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Jaded

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Re: Little Eye On The Provinces
« Reply #1824 on: December 28, 2018, 01:01:31 am »
At least they didn’t take any whisky.
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